Warehouse workers take delivery of goods for storage and retrieve and load orders for dispatch.
You may not need any qualifications, but some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent. You'll find it most useful to have English, maths and IT.
You may need to do forklift training through The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) (Workplace Transport). Your employer may arrange this for you.
You could start by temping or doing seasonal work.
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship in warehousing and storage.
You can find information about warehousing qualifications from The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Career Path and Progression
With experience you could become a team leader, shift supervisor or warehouse manager.
You could also move into quality control, freight planning or distribution.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Warehouse manager
- Forklift driver
- Builders' merchant
- Food packaging operative
National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE. Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.
Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.
- good level of fitness
- good team working skills
- ability to work quickly
- able to complete paperwork
- basic IT skills
- understanding of health and safety regulations.
£12,000 to £27,000